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Ponca, Nebraska              

Date generated: 7/22/2018

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Ponca, Nebraska

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  Ponca is located in the northeast corner of Nebraska. The city is nestled in a valley two miles from the banks of the Missouri River, a national recreational river. The community is served by scenic State Highway 12, and U.S. Highway 20 is five miles north of the community. Ponca is 20 miles northwest of the Sioux City, Iowa metropolitan area, and 114 miles north of Omaha, Nebraska.

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Last CensusCurrent Year%
Dixon County .......6,0005,762-4.0%
Labor Market Population1.......80,65651,390-36.3%

1) Labor market population is the county population plus the contiguous county population.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates, March 2017. City populations estimated to be released July 2017.

County Age Distribution (2016) :
Age: 0-19 20-24 25-44 45-64 65+ 85+ Total % Split
Male......... 845 167 599 794 332 195 2,932 50.9 %
Female...... 749 134 574 738 307 328 2,830 49.1 %

Total: 1,594 301 1,173 1,532 639 523

Median Age (2016):     State 36.3 years       County 41.9 years

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division, County Population Estimates by Selected Age and Gender. Released June 2017.
State Data. U.S. Census Bureau, 2017 American Community Survey

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Average Monthly Rental - 3 Bedroom House..... $375
Average Cost of Houses Sold (last 2 years)..... $165,000

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Poineer Square is a 22-unit, low cost elderly housing facility built in 1980. The three-story brick facility, with an on-site manager, has a common meeting room. Ponca Heights built in 1981, is an 8-unit, low-cost family housing facility.

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Labor Force
Labor Force.....1,020,9132,98741,166    
Total Employment.....980,6683,08942,568    
Unemployment as % of Labor Force.....4.4%3.3%3.4%    

1) Area labor force and employment data are for the county plus the contiguous counties.
For further information regarding underemployment in the area, please contact NPPD at (877) 275-6773.
Source: Year end 2015, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Online Data, Released 6/2016.

Wages: Sample of hourly wage rates in manufacturing occupations (production and/or clerical).
Job Title 10th
Median 90th
Accountants and Auditors$18.44$27.83$46.64
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other$10.36$14.02$18.27
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$13.18$22.13$31.32
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$9.90$15.37$23.21
Civil Engineers$19.29$41.63$51.04
Computer Operators$9.95$17.28$27.45
Computer Programmers$14.10$28.12$44.53
Computer Systems Analysts$26.39$38.98$54.52
Customer Service Representatives$9.98$14.18$23.19
Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators$12.89$16.77$23.27
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators$13.33$16.80$23.32
Data Entry Keyers$10.58$14.34$20.66
Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators$9.41$19.16$24.91
Driver/Sales Workers$9.45$11.06$21.94
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians$19.72$32.51$43.99
Electrical Engineers$25.94$42.16$56.97
Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators$13.82$17.19$23.04
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$13.71$20.11$29.89
Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks$9.44$10.84$14.33
Industrial Engineers$28.80$40.75$58.32
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$15.22$20.05$29.17
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$13.05$15.63$19.90
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$10.60$14.63$19.59
Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators$15.85$21.37$24.88
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$9.63$15.22$34.55
Maintenance Workers, Machinery$13.81$19.44$24.46
Mechanical Engineers$23.96$30.92$45.95
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists$21.39$28.33$37.76
Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators$13.95$20.61$24.28
Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators$11.91$18.90$24.66
Nursing Assistants$10.46$13.19$18.21
Office Clerks, General$9.43$12.10$18.27
Packers and Packagers, Hand$9.43$11.05$15.64
Receptionists and Information Clerks$9.76$13.24$17.69
Registered Nurses$19.84$27.22$37.28
Retail Salespersons$9.15$10.14$18.07
Secretaries, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$10.40$14.12$19.16
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks$11.63$16.31$23.10
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers$9.40$10.73$16.92
Tool and Die Makers$16.95$22.64$30.20
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$13.61$17.89$23.54
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators$13.40$17.53$23.40

Source: Nebraska Workforce Development, Occupational Employment Statistics Program, Second Quarter 2017.

Percent of Manufacturing Labor Force Unionized............0%
Number of Work Stoppages in Past 5 Years ............0


Motor Carrier:

Number & Type of Roads Serving Community -
Limited Access, Four-Lane Hwys.....000
Improved Two-Lane Hwys.....010
Hwy. NameMiles
Miles to nearest Interstate hwy.....Interstate 2920
Miles to nearest four-lane hwy.....

Motor Freight Carriers:
  More than 13,500 licensed motor carriers with worldwide connections are based in Nebraska and serve businesses throughout North America.

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Transit Time for Carload or Truckload Lots to:
Distance by
Hwy. Miles
Days by
Days by
Motor Freight
Omaha.....114N/A1 Day
Lincoln.....167N/A1 Day
Chicago.....549N/A1-2 days
Dallas.....775N/A2-3 days
Denver.....584N/A1-2 days
Kansas City.....296N/A1-2 days
Los Angeles.....1595N/A2-3 days
Minneapolis.....298N/A1-2 days
New York.....1323N/A3-5 days
St. Louis.....547N/A2-3 days
Legal Trucking Distances - Nebraska

Scenic east-west Nebraska Highway 12 serves Ponca and connects with east-west U.S. Highway 20 five miles south of Ponca. North-south Interstate 29 is 20 miles east and Interstate 80 is 115 miles south of Ponca. The Newcastle-Vermillion Bridge provides easy access to Vermillion, South Dakota. Through bus service is provided in Siouxland, 20 miles, by Greyhound Bus Lines, Arrow Stage Lines, and Crusader Coach Lines. Bus parcel service is available.

Distance to nearest public airport.....20 minute(s)
Elevation.....1,100 feet
Length of longest runway.....8,999 feet
Runway lighted.....Yes
Private aircraft storage available.....Yes
Private aircraft maintenance available.....Yes
Distance to nearest commercial air transportation.....20 minute(s)

Distance to nearest international airport:

Name of Airport Miles to Airport
from Community
Omaha Eppley International 118
Kansas City International 279
Denver International 577

The Sioux Gateway Airport in Sioux City, Iowa, 20 miles southeast of Ponca, is the major metropolitan airport serving the tri-state area. Conveniently located adjacent to Interstate 29, this Class A, all-weather commercial airport is easily accessible from all points in the tri-state area. The nearest airfield for private planes is Martin's Field, located 15 miles southeast of Ponca. Martin's has two runways, hangars, and fuel. There are 28 private planes hangared there; none are available for charter.


Barge service is available at 19 barge terminals on the Missouri River in Nebraska. Siouxland, 20 miles southeast of Ponca, is the northern most post of navigation on the Missouri River. These river ports are navigable approximately eight months per year. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers maintains a 9-foot deep, 300-foot wide channel for 735 navigable miles from Sioux City to the mouth of the Missouri River.

Community Served by Railroad.....No
Distance to Nearest Railroad..... 16 mile(s)
Functional Piggyback Ramp Available.....No
Distance to Nearest Piggyback Service.....115 mile(s)

Name of Railroad(s) Serving Community: Burlington Northern Santa Fe

The Burlington Northern Santa Fe provides main line rail service to South Sioux City, Nebraska 16 miles southeast of Ponca. Amtrack provides Omaha, 115 miles (2 hours) south of Ponca, with rail passenger service east to Chicago and west to Denver and San Francisco/Oakland. The Superliner features coach and first-class accommodations, dining car service, adn checked baggage service from most cities. Travel time is 9 1/2 hours to Chicago and 40 hours to the West Coast. Amtrak has one train each way daily.

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 State Electric Power Deregulated.....   No

Electric System Operator: Northeast Nebraska Public Power District
  phone - (800) 750-9277 or (402) 375-1360
  website -

Wholesale Supplier: Northeast Nebraska Public Power District
Additional Comments: Northeast Nebraska Public Power District (NNPPD) retails electricity to the city of Ponca. Service is supplied from one local station at 69,000 volts. The substation, with 2,499 kVA capacity, is served from Twin Churst and an alternate source is available from Emerson.

Natural Gas:
Natural Gas Service Available.....Yes
Supplier in Community.....Ponca Public Utilities

Natural gas is distributed in the community by Ponca Public Utilities. Northern Natural Gas Company is the pipeline transporter. U.S. Energy Services, Inc., is the supplier.

Provider.....Ponca Public Utilities
Major Source.....Wells
If Wells, Average Depth.....260 feet
Average Capacity.....0.360 mgd
Peak Demand.....0.700 mgd
Storage Capacity.....200,000 gallons
Hardness.....411 ppm
Temperature Range.....51 (degrees Fahrenheit)

The municipal water system in Ponca is supplied by three wells, which have an average depth of 260 feet. The system has a combined pumping capacity 1,000 gallons per minute. Groundwater is available for industrial uses. A 289 foot well will produce 645 gallons of water per minute.

Sanitation/Waste Water:
Name of Provider.....Ponca Public Utilities
Type of Service.....New mechanical fine screen system - flow metering capability.
Rated Capacity.....0.135 (mgd)
Average Daily Demand.....0.110 (mgd)
Peak Demand.....0.155 (mgd)
Sewer Connection Fee.....Yes

The orbital treatment facility was built in 2005 - 2006, and designed to handle a population of 1,500.

Name of Local Service Provider.....Great Plains Communications

Great Plains Communications provides telecommunications service to Ponca with a digital central office served by fiber optics. The central office is monitored on-site and remotely. Great Plains Communications Netlink in Ponca provides both dial-up and high speed Internet to the community.

Type of Government..... Mayor-Council
Comprehensive City Plan..... No, (year)
City Manager..... Yes
City Engineer..... Yes
City Zoning Ordinance in Effect..... Yes
County Zoning Ordinance in Effect..... Yes
Garbage Service Provider..... Private
Public Library in City..... Yes
Percent of Streets Paved..... 100 %
Number Full-Time Fire Department Personnel..... 0
Number Volunteer Fire Department Personnel..... 37
Number Full-Time Police Officers..... 2
Inside CityOutside City
Fire Insurance Class..... 69

Ponca, a second-class city, has a mayor-council form of government. The Ponca Public Library contains more than 8,000 items in its collection with an average annual circulation exceeding 9,000.

Public Schools# of SchoolsEnrollmentTeacher/Student Ratio
Elementary 11981:14
Senior High 12081:12
Trade & Tech Schools 0
Community College 0
Four-Year College 0
University 0
Private Schools# of SchoolsEnrollmentTeacher/Student Ratio
Elementary 0
Middle / Jr. High 0
Senior High 0
Colleges 0

Serving children since 1859, the Ponca Public School has a K-12 enrollment of 421 students and offers outstanding educational programs as well as a number of extracurricular opportunities which are enjoyed by the entire community. The district has two completely networked computer labs. Ponca Public Schools is a fully accredited, K-12 Class III school district. The philosophy of the Ponca School District is to help each student develop to his or her fullest extent--mentally, socially, emotionally and physically--enabling them to take their place in society as well-adjusted, contributing members. Special education services are available for all ages.

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Type of facilities in city or within 30 minutes:
Public Golf Course(s).....1
Private Golf Course(s).....0
Public Tennis Court(s).....1
Public Swimming Pool(s).....1
Public Park(s).....4
Public Camp Ground(s).....1
Nearest Public Access to Lake or River.....2 mile(s)
Motorized Boats.....Yes
Water Skiing/Tubing.....Yes

There are four parks in Ponca covering 20 acres. A three-acre park, Friendship Park was developed by the Ponca Improvement Club as a play area for small children. The Chief Standing Bear Park has a basketball area; horseshoe pits; sand volleyball court; shelter house; picnic area; playground area; and locally carved totem pole. Ponca State Park, 1,269 acres of wooded hills, is located two miles north of Ponca on the banks of the Missouri River. Facilities include boat access to the river for boating, skiing, and fishing; swimming pool; trail rides; camping facilities with bath house, electrical hook-ups, and dumping station; hike and snow skiing trails; picnic shelters and playground areas; and modern cabins.

Number of Hospitals in Community.....0
Number of Beds in Hospital(s).....0
Number of Outpatient Clinics.....1
Medical Personnel in or Serving Community:
Medical Doctor(s) / Physician Assistant(s).....2
Dentist(s) / Orthodontist(s).....1
Nurse(s) (registered or practical).....7

The Ponca Medical Center is staffed with two board certified family practioners and one physician's assistant. The clinic is open five days a week. Mercy Medical Center-Sioux City, 20 miles southeast of Ponca, is a 286-bed tertiary care facility established in 1890, is the hub for an integrated healthcare delivery system serving a tri-state, a 33-county area at the intersection of Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota. It provides a complete continuum of preventive, primary, acute, and tertiary health care for more than 100,000 patients annually.

Machine Shops in City.......1
Tool & Die Services in City.......0
Electric Motor Repair Services in City.......1

Type of Newspaper in City.......weekly
Local Radio Station(s).......7

Number of TV Channels Received without Cable.......6
Cable Antenna Television Serves City.......Yes
Maximum Number of Cable Channels Received.......153

Number of Protestant Churches.......4
Number of Catholic Churches.......1
Number of Synagogues.......0

Number of Motels & Hotels in Community.......1
Total Number of Rooms Available.......16

Number of Banks in City.......1

Trails Inn is a new motel in town.


Leading Employers in Community:

#1.Business Name:Elms Health Care Center
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 58   (Male: 3   Female: 55)
Year Established:1951
Products/Service:Nursing Home
#2.Business Name:Dixon County
Service Sector: Government
Employment Number: Total: 55   (Male: 35   Female: 20)
Year Established:1859
#3.Business Name:Ponca Public School System
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 49   (Male: 13   Female: 36)
Year Established:1859
#4.Business Name:State of Nebraska
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 25   (Male: 12   Female: 13)
Year Established:1934
Products/Service:State recreation park
#5.Business Name:Oscar's
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 12   (Male: 5   Female: 7)
Year Established:2007
#6.Business Name:Trading Post
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 17   (Male: 2   Female: 15)
Year Established:1990
#7.Business Name:Bank of Dixon County
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 13   (Male: 5   Female: 8)
Year Established:1881
#8.Business Name:Cooks Country Store
Service Sector: Government
Employment Number: Total: 13   (Male: 1   Female: 12)
Year Established:1980
#9.Business Name:A-1 Mist
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 4   (Male: 3   Female: 1)
Year Established:2000
#10.Business Name:Ponca Medical Clinic & Home Health Care
Service Sector: Services
Employment Number: Total: 11   (Male: 1   Female: 8)
Year Established:1974

Industrial Buildings Available in Community.......0
Spec Buildings Available.......0
Details Available Online.......No
Details Available in Print.......No

Controlled Industrial Sites Available in Community.......0
Details Available Online.......No
Details Available in Print.......No

Suggested Sites:
City of Ponca @
Ponca Public Library @
Ponca State Park @
Denise Peterson
City of Ponca
PO Box 465
123 West Third
Ponca, Nebraska 68770-0465
Phone:(402) 755-4165
Fax:(402) 755-2618
 Thomas L. Higginbotham Jr.
Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District
111 South 1st Street
Norfolk, Nebraska 68701
Phone:(402) 379-1150
Fax:(402) 379-9207
State Contacts:Dave Rippe
Economic Development Director
Neb. Dept. of Economic Development
PO Box 94666
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-3125 or
(800) 426-6505
 Mary Plettner, Economic Development Manager
Nebraska Public Power District
PO Box 499
1414 15th Street
Columbus, NE 68601
Phone: (402) 563-5534 or (877) 275-6773
Fax: (402) 563-5090

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